Newcastle have had a little bit of good news since the 5-0 defeat at the Etihad on Saturday, and that is that Dutch International right-back, one of our most consistent performers this season, has a very good chance to be fit for the game at St. James’ Park against Aston Villa on Saturday.
Daryl Janmaat – should be fit for Saturday
Daryl picked up a groin strain in the second half, and since we have only five fit regular defenders right now, including goalkeeper Tim Krul, it looked like it was even more bad news for the club.
But John Carver says it doesn’t look too bad, and it will be monitored this week, but it looks like he should be able to play this Saturday.
We like Daryl because he is plain-spoken and he pulled no punches in his interview with the Chronicle today:
“We say sorry, we have to apologise because it’s not good enough.” “To come here you know it will be a hard evening.” “If you give a stupid goal away in the first minute you know it will make it even more difficult.”
“Yes of course they are world-class, but it is still disappointing.” “We have to do better than this.” “City don’t need extra favours but that’s what they got.” “We shoot ourselves in the foot.” “It’s stupid. There are no positives.”
“We have to work hard for next week and prepare ourselves.” “We have to give the fans something back – and that’s three points.” “There were some hard words said after the game, but that’s to stay inside.”
“It’s important to get three points for them against Aston Villa back at home.”
Daryl also shows some leadership capabilities and this season we have precious few players on the field who show any leadership at all.
That’s another reason why Siem de Jong’s injury problems have hit Newcastle this season because Sien is already a vice-captain of the club, and very likely a future captain – if he can stay fit.
And talking of injuries, Newcastle continue at the top of the Premier League injury table with 8 injured players, and two ahead of second placed QPR, Liverpool and Crystal Palace.
But hopefully we will have Remy Cabella fit again for Saturday, although Newcastle’s injuries continue to mount up this season.
The people we feel really sorry for are the traveling fans, who have had to put up with yet another inept performance from Newcastle, and there’s been far too many of those this season.
We need a win against Aston Villa on Saturday, and that would put us 13 points above Villa with only 11 games to play.
It would also be a huge relief to Newcastle fans, who have seen only win in the last eight games.
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